Toxic liquor kills 11 in Pak­istan: Po­lice

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

IS­LAM­ABAD:

At least 11 peo­ple from a mi­nor­ity Chris­tian com­mu­nity in Pak­istan’s cen­tral Pun­jab prov­ince died af­ter con­sum­ing toxic liquor, po­lice said yes­ter­day. Three other peo­ple who con­sumed the al­co­hol at a party on Fri­day night in Jhelum dis­trict, some 126 kilo­me­ters east of the cap­i­tal Is­lam­abad, are in hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, po­lice said.

“The dead bod­ies of 11 vic­tims have been handed over to their rel­a­tives af­ter com­plet­ing the post­mortem, the con­di­tion of the three oth­ers is still crit­i­cal,” Asif Nawaz, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cial in Jhelum told AFP. Nawaz said most of the vic­tims were young and from same Chris­tian neigh­bor­hood. “They drank lo­cally-made poi­sonous liquor while par­ty­ing late Fri­day,” he added. Po­lice are look­ing to ar­rest the sus­pected sup­plier of the poi­soned al­co­hol, whose brother was re­port­edly among the dead. The pub­lic sale of al­co­hol is banned in con­ser­va­tive Mus­lim Pak­istan but some peo­ple make moon­shine at home. —AFP

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